Denise's NeedleWorks

Denise's Needleworks

Location: Ames, Iowa, United States

I am wife to Jeff, homeschool mom to 8, a knit and crochet teacher and totally addicted to knitting, crocheting and other fiber arts. After knitting, crocheting and sewing my own clothing from the age of 10 on, I studied textiles & clothing in college. That lead me to 25 years of custom dressmaking and alterations work, while sewing, knitting and crocheting for my growing children. I have worked in the yarn industry for the past 3 years and have been designing my own knitting patterns. Visit my web site at Find me as DeniseInIowa on

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Baby projects

With a grandbaby on the way, I had to knit some things for this little one to wear!  They live in Las Vegas which is generally pretty warm to so hot you can't stand it! But they do have cool weather in the winter and especially at night or in the air conditioning. 

I just finished a cute sweater and hat in purple and greens which I hope they will feel they can use for either a boy or girl. I think I still have enough yarn to make some booties too. Here are some pictures of the set so far. 

They are made in sock yarns which are machine washable.  Important for a new mom! I was test knitting the sweater pattern for Rae Blackledge of Extravayarnza.  The pattern should be ready mid-July. It looks like it will have several options for variations. She has several other beautiful patterns as well.  I made up my own pattern for the hat and finished it off with a bit of I-cord tied in a knot at the top.

I have also made a fun cardigan sweater in multi-colored yarn.  I need to put buttons on it and then it will be finished.  
My younger kids all love this one because it is so bright and fun.  This is a self-striping sock yarn as well.  It is interesting to see how the colors worked out in different places on each side of the sweater. The pattern is an old one that is worked from the top down all in one piece. 

Next, I want to make up some booties that will go with the purple set.  I haven't found a pattern so might have to make up my own instead, as I did for the hat.  Baby things are so fast to knit and cute too!

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Ta Da! New Patterns!

I finally finished up some pattern design work this week. Some of these have been a really long time coming. I am glad to have them finished and hope people will like the patterns. You can find them all for sale on my web site along with lots of other great patterns, needles and some fun notions. I am working on adding more products to the site so keep it bookmarked and check back to see what's new!

Jessie's Blanket

Tutti Fruity Socks $6.00

Magic Family Socks $6.00-- This is the first of a group of "Denise's Favorites" patterns that I plan to do. They will be easy to follow patterns for some of the things that I have knit repeatedly and often teach others how to make.

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

First Grandbaby on the way!

I love to knit. You all know that by now! My knitting enthusiasm had dipped a lot though this spring and I wasn't sure what to knit any more. Then my daughter, Jessie, announced that there was a baby on the way and when were her blankets coming! Ha! She knows me well!

I started a blanket, of course but it got a bit off course somewhere. I think I was mathematically challenged. I started making a round blanket and calculated how many stitches I needed to have the lace edging come out right. I kept knitting and knitting. I had to go back to the store for yarn twice! You would think that would have given me a clue, don't you? But I kept knitting, all the time thinking that it was getting awfully large.

It suddenly dawned on me that I was using the number of stitches in each section instead of the entire number of stitches to calculate and I could have stopped in at least 2 places already. So the blanket is almost 5 feet across! Jessie and the baby will be able to snuggle up together under this one!

I can't seem to get the colors to come out right in the photos. It is a dark teal and purple.

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